At WPI, we know that the best way for students to understand and appreciate societal issues is to experience them firsthand. Through our Global Projects Program, WPI science, engineering, and business students travel to more than 40 off-campus locations across six continents. Immersed in new cultures, they tackle unstructured problems in ways that are meaningful to local sponsors in real communities. Our diverse project centers—strategically positioned in locations ranging from large international cities to small mountainside villages—are host to interdisciplinary and major capstone projects, and humanities and arts projects. As well, students can participate in language immersion and exchange programs.
project centers on six continents
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Most Popular Study Abroad Program
of students complete at least one project off campus
Our Global Projects Program is not an ordinary study abroad program—like everything else at WPI it’s distinctive. From projects focused on renewable energy to clean water to economic development, WPI students make a difference to communities and organizations around the globe through a completely immersive, extended project experience. This global immersion experience is a key element of the WPI Plan and is often the component of the project work that students’ reflect on as “life changing.”
At sites as close as our home city of Worcester and at over 40 other locations in 25 countries, opportunities are available to complete any of the projects required for graduation: Humanities & Arts (HUA), Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), and Major Qualifying Project (MQP). The selection process is competitive and project work is preceded by rigorous preparation. Visit our Global Map to learn more about any location.
In the seaside town of Bar Harbor, Maine along the northern coastline of the United States, students undertake projects—typically focused on preservation, improvement, appreciation, and sustainability of the natural environment—working closely with local organizations.
In "the coolest little capital in the world," Wellington, New Zealand, locally sponsored project topics include conservation and wildlife, impacts of earthquakes and climate change, Maori culture and development, healthcare and more.
To ensure safety abroad, we provide travel planning programs and resources, pre-departure orientations, instructional handbooks for each location, and more.
Thanks to a student organization called Global Ambassadors (GAs), returning home from studying abroad does not have to mean the end of the international experience for students. GAs help students "unpack" their off-campus experiences and reinforce the added value of off-campus programs to the students’ academic and professional lives.